California Lawyers Handling Emotional
Injury Claims and Time Limitation Issues
Even though the law recognizes and in some ways respects how difficult it is for survivors to come forward — it also imposes time limits for filing lawsuits related to sexual abuse or mental health malpractice.
Sexual Abuse Claims
In California, survivors of childhood sexual abuse must file a lawsuit before their 26th birthday or within three years of the date of discovery, whichever is later. (Note, however, that if the abuse took place at a public school or in some other type of government-run facility, time limits may be as short as six months from discovery.)
Mental Health Malpractice Claims
Mental health malpractice claims must usually be filed within one year of the discovery of the injury. However, the time limits for filing a mental health malpractice lawsuit involving government employees or government-run facilities can be much shorter.
Statutes of limitation often contain exceptions, as well as exceptions to those exceptions. In short: it's complicated, and you should not assume that you have any time to waste before contacting a lawyer about your potential claims.
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At the Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D. we focus solely on helping victims of sexual abuse and mental health malpractice, primarily in the state of California. Our experience, combined with attorney Dr. Joseph C. George's background and training as a clinical psychologist, have enabled us to achieve successful solutions in many cases where the statute of limitations posed a serious legal challenge. These assets also provide us with the critical edge needed to maximize compensation for our clients.
Don't risk losing your legal right to seek compensation from your abuser, from the institution that allowed it to happen or from those who covered it up or could have prevented it. Call our toll free California number (888-463-5570) at any time, day or night — or contact our Los Angeles and Sacramento psychological injury claims limitation attorneys online.